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Welcome to my art blog from Tasmania, Australia. I post a little on my various art projects while also working in plant genetics. For more, please try the links to my various art pages or email me at silvergumstudio@yahoo.com.au. Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Bless me, bloggers, for I have sinned.  It's been three weeks since my last blog post.  This has been due to a winter escape.  I fled from the computer and the studio, up to sunny north Queensland to bask on a beach.  Tropical fruit!  Sugar cane!  The Great Barrier Reef!  Swimming in balmy 25C water with turtles and manta rays!   What could be nicer?  But today it's back to work and according to my calendar, it's also the winter solstice.  Smarty-pants, who shall remain nameless, says my calendar is wrong and the solstice is not today.  But it seems pretty cold, dark, short, nasty and brutish (with apologies to Thomas Hobbes) to me.  So I choose to believe that today is the solstice and from here on, the days will be longer, lighter and warmer.

Here are a few new illustrations for 'The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land' by Anne Morgan.  Before going on holiday I sent them up to the publisher, IP Kidz ... and on return, received their email to say they are happy with them ... so I'm celebrating with some tropical fruit wine.  The large Scot depicted with bulbous knees is called Gordon.  He is in the same story as that lazy boy, also seen sleeping in while the cow is left unmilked.  A friend suggested I should make the cow's spots look like a map of the world, which is an excellent idea.  Do send ideas if you have them - I need them.  The wolf is from another story and is posing as a solar panel salesman (as seen through a spyhole in the door).  Would you let him in?


  1. Welcome back! Wondered where you had gone, thought you may just have been hibernating for theTassie winter. Good on you though, I see you haven't been a total layabout and gone Troppo. Viva la Solstice!

  2. Has it only been three weeks? Seems longer! But you were injured and anyway, this is your place and you can do what you want! (Are you fully recovered?)

    Love that large Scot, what a face! Does he save the duck!? Yikes! As for the furry solar panel salesman, he does have a charming face - but I have read enough fairy tales to know I shouldn't let him in. (That doesn't mean I won't - only that I know better.)

    Good to see you! It's been sweltering in the Chicago area, up to 96 degrees this week, blech. Though mid-winter only sounds a tiny bit better. :)

  3. Cindy I am well and not hibernating ... but trying to stay off the PC (although having issues with my blog appearance!!) due to resting my shoulder. Thanks for coming by. The Scot will save the duck - it's a goose really - and I don't envy you the Chicago summer! I am coming to visit your blog and see what you've created.

  4. I hope your book will be available in the US too!